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Thursday, May 5, 2016

That Explains It: Mideast Vioence is Tom & Jerry's Fault

For years, the Middle East has tended to blame others for its woes: the US, Israel, the Muslim Brotherhood, Iran, or all of the above conspiring together. But now the Head of Egypt's State Information Service, speaking at a Cairo University Conference, has uncovered another culprit: Tom & Jerry cartoons. (Also here.)

So when we talk about addressing the root causes of ISIS, we should go after MGM and Hanna-Barbera?

Personally I find this ridiculous. I blame Warner Bros.: the Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote are much more violent.


Anonymous said...

In a closely related move, Egyptian authorities announced they had approached Interpol with a request to arrest Tom in connection with the Regeni murder. They expect to file a request for an Interpol warrant for Jerry as a material witness in the case this week.

Anonymous said...

Well, way back when, I saw an interview with Arafat (in Reader's Digest) where he expressed his admiration for Tom and Jerry cartoons. It's come up in other sources.